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Five for Friday #11: Humor
posted January 7, 2005

Five Humor Comics That Make You Laugh

Tales of Bizarro World by Jerry Siegel and Various, DC Comics
Buddy Does Seattle by Peter Bagge, Fantagraphics Books
Hutch Owen's Working Hard by Tom Hart, Self-Published
Maakies, Fantagraphics Books by Tony Millionaire
Snake 'n' Bacon's Cartoon Cabaret by Michael Kupperman

Other Lists and Responses

Rob Clough

Here's a category I can sink my teeth into. I am a big fan of several of the books on your list, but I'll name 5 others:

1. Why I Hate Saturn, by Kyle Baker
2. Badly-Drawn Comics, by Martha Keavney
3. The Wiggly Reader, by John Kerschbaum
4. Inside Vineyland, by Lauren Weinstein
5. Mr O, by Lewis Trondheim


Andrew Farago

Trying to stick to intentionally funny stuff released originally in single-issue format. If I branch out to include graphic novels, mini-comics, online comics, comic strips, most 1990s superhero comics and any number of 1970s Kirby comics, I'll be working on this all night.

*The Magic Whistle, by Sam Henderson.

*Dork, by Evan Dorkin.

*Plastic Man, by Jack Cole *and* Kyle Baker

*Hate!, by Peter Bagge

*Fred the Clown, by Roger Langridge


T. Fraga

Asterix by Rene Goscinny & Albert Uderzo
My favorite, the most sidesplittingly funny book of the series: Volume 15 "La zizanie" ("Asterix and the Roman agent" in the English-language edition)

Gaston Lagaffe by André Franquin
Guess who endorses it:
"Franquin's GASTON LAGAFFE, several hundred pages' worth of gags about a lazy office boy, is better and greater than any comic created anywhere in the world in the last 20 years -- and yes, I include the entirety of Fantagraphics' output."

The complete oeuvre of Ralf Konig, the pope of gay comics.

"The Eltingville Comic Book, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, and Role-Playing Club," by Evan Dorkin.

Makinavaja by Ramon Tosas "Iva". Wildly popular Spanish comic successfully adapted into a TV sitcom and 2 motion pictures.


Steve Block

The only comic I can recall that ever made me laugh out loud and still does is Justice League Antartica. To make it up to five I would be obliged to chuck in Viz, which was funny in it's 80's heyday, Peanuts, Calvin & Hobbes and The Book Of Leviathan, if such things count, as they have all tickled the old funny bone.


Jonathan Ellis

Ditto For Dork! by Evan Dorkin
Prison Funniesby Chip Zdarsky -
Arsenic Lullabies & Misery A-Go-Go by Douglas Paszkiewicz, Mark Crnolatas & Randy Crider
SAS By Miguel Sternberg & Eric Kim
World's Funnest by Evan Dorkin & Various


Sean T. Collins

1) Peanuts, by Charles Schulz
2) Angry Youth Comix, by Johnny Ryan
3) Shrimpy & Paul and Friends, by Marc Bell
4) Various comic con minicomics, by Jeffrey Brown
5) Hard Boiled, by Frank Miller and Geof Darrow